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Hyundai robotaxi passes driver’s license test

Hyundai has released a campaign showing the all-electric, self-driving IONIQ 5 robotaxi successfully completing a U.S. driver’s license test.

Hyundai Motor Company has released a campaign film showing the all-electric, self-driving IONIQ 5 robotaxi successfully completing a process similar to a U.S. driver’s license test.

The Hyundai robotaxi is another step forward for the development of automated driving systems in the sometimes controversial field for the automotive industry.

Fully automated self-driving taxis have been used in various applications across the world including in major US cities but these trials have not been without difficulties including technical problems where cars lost coverage or were involved in accidents.

Hyundia is determined to overcome the negative publicity robotaxis have sometimes generated with a video aimed at conveying  the safety and trustworthiness of the IONIQ 5 robotaxi’s autonomous technology.

The video features the IONIQ 5 robotaxi completing a series of public-level driving tests, including road driving in Las Vegas.

This achievement underscores the IONIQ 5 robotaxi’s reliability as well as the inclusivity of its autonomous vehicle technology, highlighting its potential to safely provide freedom of mobility to all.

The film starts with an interview with Pearl Outlaw, a visually impaired American woman, and her mother, Ruth. Pearl faces mobility limitations due to her condition, called Retinitis Pigmentosa, which hinders her from obtaining a driver’s license.

Pearl’s story highlights everyday mobility challenges for the physically impaired, emphasising the significance of autonomous driving technology in providing independence. The IONIQ 5 robotaxi promises to fulfill her dream of independent mobility while offering the freedom to explore without reliance on others.

Kandice Jones, the examiner who tested the IONIQ 5 robotaxi, outlined the regulations for the new product.

“I’m a DMV Certified Driving Examiner with 25 years of experience. In that time, I’ve failed thousands and thousands of students in the interest of public safety,” Jones says.

“It’s going to be the same criteria – just like testing a human. We’ll be monitoring the speed, lane changes. I’m going to grade maneuvers, making a complete stop, left turns, maintaining the lane, and of course reaction time.”

In the driving test, conducted by the highly experienced professional examiner, the IONIQ 5 robotaxi excelled. The robotaxi was able to control speed, change lanes, manoeuvre, and had the ability to accurately stop at a stop sign, and perform left turns.

Captured in the video, the IONIQ 5 robotaxi appears to navigate the Las Vegas Strip, as well as the city’s suburban areas.

According to the promotion, the IONIQ 5 robotaxi is the embodiment of transformative technologies in mobility coming together in one vehicle. It signifies the extensive collaboration between Hyundai Motor Group and autonomous driving technology developer Motional.

The collaboration spans years of development and rigorous testing of advanced automotive platforms and self-driving technology.

The IONIQ 5 robotaxi achieves consistent driving performance in various driving environments thanks to its suite of advanced sensors, combining LiDAR, radar and cameras.

Senior vice president and global chief marketing officer at Hyundai Motor Company, Sungwon Jee, highlighted the advantages of the robotaxi.

“As a company that pursues freedom of mobility, we at Hyundai aim to exhibit the safety and trustworthiness of the IONIQ 5 robotaxi through this campaign,” Jee says.

“We will continue our efforts to communicate our AI-based autonomous driving technology, which is set to provide positive changes to our customers’ everyday lives.”

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